Monica Eng, of NPR’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ has spent the better part of two months trying to get the Chicago Public School system to admit what’s in its taxpayer-subsidized school lunch chicken nuggets.
Because, according to a Freedom of Information Act filed requesting the complete ingredients list for the top five most popular school lunches, the only ingredient in chicken nuggets was “chicken nuggets.” Apparently, CPS simply didn’t know what they contained beyond that. And while their food distributor Aramark claimed to have given CPS the information, they wouldn’t share the list with the media.
After Illinois Assistant Attorney General for Public Access Tim O’Brien looked into the matter, WBEZ finally got a response, which contained over 28 ingredients in the chicken part of the nugget alone (breading not included!):
Chicago public schools’ chicken nuggets turn out to be made from textured soy protein concentrate, isolated soy protein – hope I’m not going too fast for you to write all this down – brown sugar, salt, onion powder, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, citric acid, potassium chloride, sodium phosphates and, oh, yes, a little chicken.
On the bright side, doesn’t that make them almost vegan?
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